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Music Review: Kid Cudi-Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’

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Kid Cudi’s hubris will be his downfall.  He thinks his views on the world and how it works are the greatest thoughts to ever grace a mind.  And not that he’s got a shitty world view.  But it’s nothing special.

So listening to any of his work, is a chore at best.

With that said, while I didn’t necessarily enjoy the album, I felt that we as listeners were allowed to sit in on one of Cudi’s therapy sessions. Having just gotten out of rehab for his various dependency and mental health issues, Cudi was sure to deliver an ‘interesting’ album.  And we got that and a whole lot more of his brand of crazy.

In “Swing in the Light” he delves into his substance abuse problems with lyrics like, “you could try and numb the pain, but it’ll never go away.”

He talks about his problems and offers up cliché solutions (read: “dig deeper” in “Wounds”).  But all that we get is a lot of surface.  Considering the things he’s been through, there’s the potential to offer up some lyrical genius.  But he doesn’t follow his own advice and dig deeper to give us more.

He doesn’t want to fix his problems…he wants to wallow in them and wants us to wallow too. No thanks.

I wish he could push past his love for playing the part of the martyr to create some amazing music.  I think he’s capable of it…but doesn’t care enough to try.

Score: 2.5

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Lo Brewer is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she received a BA for her major in Journalism & Media Studies. She started her career in ad sales and corporate training and worked in media for over a decade at Viacom and Fox Networks. But in 2015, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career that revolved around her two greatest passions, writing and crafting. Soon she was writing for several websites as an entertainment, fashion and music expert. She also launched a small business creating felt crafts and Ankara clothing and home goods through Etsy. Lo is a Jersey Girl (in a Cali world), a self-professed pop culture idiot savant, a homebody, a hardcore crafter, a lover of all things retro & vintage, a thrift shopoholic, and an all-around silly MF. In addition to being a celebriologist and DIY demon, she is also a novelist. Her first, The Semester, was published in 2013. She hopes to publish her second book, The Apartment, in the upcoming year.